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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Build masonry superstructures using solid and hollow units 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
14884  Build masonry superstructures using solid and hollow units 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Building Construction 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 12 - Physical Planning and Construction Building Construction 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 2  NQF Level 02  12 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
Learners` who are assessed as competent against this unit standard will be able to use brick size and block size units to build walls, as well as the building of bricks into pre-erected light steel framed walls, in accordance with the design and construction methods specified in working drawings for houses of a basic design ensuring that the applicable National Building standards, health and safety regulations and prescribed time frames are adhered to.

The competencies contained in this unit standard complement the other building competencies that make up this qualification and will contribute to the development of professional Community House Builders who are able to use science and technology in a responsible and cost effective manner. These competencies should result in improved quality and service delivery in community house building.

The contribution to The National Skills Development Strategy is the key developmental interface between Learners` and new competencies to be achieved.

The successful completion of this unit standard will provide Learners` with access to the National Certificate in Construction Masonry - NQF Level 3. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
NQF Level 1 (ABET Level 4) Literacy and Numeracy competencies
"Read and interpret construction drawings and specifications"
"Erect, use and dismantle access equipment" 

UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
The competencies specified in this unit standard are applicable to the construction of houses that are rectangular in shape and it is within this context that the learner is required to demonstrate competent performance.

Doorframes and window frames are limited to timber and steel.

Scaffolding includes ladders and trestles.

Wall surface finishes include plasterwork, jointing and pointing.

Ancillary walls include gable and coping walls. 

Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
Prepare the work area and select, use and maintain tools, equipment and materials. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. Appropriate tools, equipment and materials are selected. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. Tools and equipment are functional. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. Safety procedures are adhered to. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
Erect, use and dismantle scaffolding. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. Scaffolding is erected and dismantled in accordance with specified methods. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. Safety procedures are adhered to. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
Set up vertical profiles and set out walls. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. Vertical profiles are set up to plumb, line and level and are well supported. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. Profiles are marked off in accordance with predetermined course heights. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. All work is completed within the allocated time frame. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4. Safety procedures are adhered to. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
Install damp proof course, set up doorframes and mark position of window frames. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. Doors and window frames are positioned in accordance with drawing specifications. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. All work is completed within the allocated time frame. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. Safety procedures are adhered to. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
Build walls, build in doorframes, install and build in window frames. 
OUTCOME NOTES 
Build walls, build in doorframes, install and build in window frames and install above lintel reinforcement. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. Doors and window frames are plumb and level when installed. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. Ties from frames of windows/doors are securely embedded in mortar. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. DPC is installed and sills are built in. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4. All work is completed within the allocated time frame. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
5. Safety procedures are adhered to. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
6. Future services (i.e. sewerage) are provided for. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
7. Walls are laid to plumb, line and level. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
8. Horizontal reinforcement is installed to accommodate specified movement and strength requirements. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
9. Beam filling has been installed to prevent bird and rodent entry. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 10 
10. Masonry bonding used is suitable for the type of masonry unit, surface appearance and required strength. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 11 
11. Walls are built to permissible heights and meet the required SABS 0400 standard. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
Apply wall surface finishes. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. Wall surfaces are finished off in accordance with specified requirements. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. All work is completed within the allocated time frame. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. Safety procedures are adhered to. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 7 
Mark off, position and build in roof anchors (tie downs). 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. Anchorage materials used and positioned in accordance with specified roof covering and structure. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. All work is completed within the allocated time frame. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. Safety procedures are adhered to. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 8 
Build ancillary walls to complete structure. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. All work is completed within the allocated time frame. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. Safety procedures are adhered to. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. Future services (i.e. sewerage) are provided for. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4. Walls are laid to plumb, line and level. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
5. Horizontal reinforcement is installed to accommodate specified movement and strength requirements. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
6. Beam filling has been installed to prevent bird and rodent entry. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
7. Masonry bonding used is suitable for the type of masonry unit, surface appearance and required strength. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
8. Walls are built to permissible heights and meet the required SABS 0400 standard. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 9 
Clean brickwork and clear building site. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. Masonry wall surfaces are cleaned in accordance with specified materials and cleaning methods. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. All rubble is removed from the site on completion of building process. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. All work is completed within the allocated time frame. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4. Safety procedures are adhered to. 


UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the CETA - ETQA, for this unit standard.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the CETA - ETQA.
  • CETA - ETQA is responsible for moderation of learner achievements for Learners` who meet the requirements of this qualification. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Understand and explain:
  • Tools, equipment and materials used within the context of this unit standard
  • Methods for erecting and dismantling scaffolding
  • Masonry construction terms and the application of construction rules
  • Techniques for preparing and marking off a gauge rod
  • Methods for setting out walls, windows and doors
  • Construction methods for solid walls
  • Construction methods for ancillary walls
  • Different types of joints
  • Types of bonds and techniques for bonding masonry units
  • Features, textures and applications of the various masonry units
  • Different types of materials, characteristics and application methods
  • Different types of wall ties and masonry anchors and installation techniques
  • Techniques for laying Damp Proof Courses
  • Movement and control joints
  • Techniques for laying solid masonry units (wetting clay and using concrete units dry)
  • Methods of cutting masonry units to adjust dimensions
  • Techniques for reinforcing masonry
  • Types of lintels and construction methods
  • Techniques for constructing holes and chases for the provision of future services
  • Door frames, window frames and sills: characteristics and construction methods
  • SABS 0400 standards for the building of walls
  • Masonry surface finishes
  • Health and Safety Legislation 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems and make decisions using critical and creative thinking:
  • Identify the need for movement joints and determine the position and distance between movement joints prior to installation
  • Identify the location and appropriate construction methods when making provision for the installation of future services 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage your activities responsibly and effectively:
  • Maintain tools and equipment in good working order to ensure that the construction of masonry walls is carried out effectively and the cost to company for the frequent replacement of tools and equipment is minimised
  • Plan work so that all walls are built within the specified deadlines
  • Check the set up of doors and window frames on a daily basis to ensure that the settings have not been accidentally disturbed by site personnel or people who may have visited the building site in your absence 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information:
  • Read and interpret the working drawing carefully and thoroughly so that specified wall dimensions are correctly transferred when setting out the gauge rod 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, symbolic, and/or language skills in various modes:
  • Confirm your understanding of all specified requirements with the client/architect before commencing with the work at hand so as to minimise future delays that might be caused because this work has to be redone
  • Communicate in a clear and audible manner when issuing instructions to team members so that all verbal instructions are clearly understood and can be carried out as required 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environments and the health of others:
  • Check the safety and security of scaffolding at the beginning of each new work day to minimise accident or injury to yourself and other team members 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems, by recognising that problem solving contexts do not exist in isolation:
  • Ensure that materials, tools and equipment used to build walls is safely and securely stored and protected on the building site to minimise the risk of theft, accident or injury to site personnel or visitors to the building site 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Reflecting on and exploring a variety of strategies to learn more effectively:
  • Assess the work that you have completed to identify areas that can be improved on when building walls using solid masonry units in the future 

  • UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  24273   National Certificate: Community House Building  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CETA 
    Elective  49411   General Education and Training Certificate: Construction  Level 1  NQF Level 01  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CETA 
    Elective  49410   National Certificate: Construction  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
    1. 17 Shaft Training 
    2. Abakholwe Community Developers (Pty) Ltd 
    3. Amagema Development and Social Consultants 
    4. Amber Tower Training 
    5. Arehone Consulting 
    6. Artisan Development Academy 
    7. Assured Vocational Skills Institute 
    8. Aveng Grinaker -LTA Civil Engineering 
    9. Better Best Agri Development 
    10. BH Training and Consulting (Pty) Ltd 
    11. Big Tree Group 
    12. Blacken Security Services 
    13. Bokgoni Training And Development 
    14. BOLAND COLLEGE (Paarl) 
    15. Border Kei Training Trust 
    16. Builders Training Centre 
    17. Capricorn FET College - Central Office 
    18. CBM TRAINING PTY LTD 
    19. CENTRE FOR CAREER GUIDANCE AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CC 
    20. Centre For Economic Participation 
    21. Coega Development Corporation (Pty) Ltd 
    22. College of Cape Town (City Campus) 
    23. Construction Resource Development Centre 
    24. CSTA Training Academy 
    25. Dego Consultants 
    26. DESTO PTY LTD 
    27. Eastcape Training Centre 
    28. EDUCATORY ELECTRO SERVICES 
    29. Edzani Community Development and Consultancy 
    30. Ekurhuleni Artisans and Skills Training Pty Ltd 
    31. Ekurhuleni East College For TVET 
    32. Elata Management Consultants 
    33. Ergo-Maphelong Institute 
    34. Esayidi TVET College 
    35. ETS Emergency Training Solutions (PTY) LTD 
    36. F& O Deliveries 
    37. False Bay College 
    38. Forek Institute of Technology 
    39. Furniture World Training Centre 
    40. Gabasega Consulting and Training Centre 
    41. Gert Sibande TVET College 
    42. Godisang Development 
    43. Goitsebasadi Construction Project 
    44. Goldfields FET College 
    45. GREATER ELDOS IMAGES OF PEACE 
    46. HIGHVELD BOTTLING (Legacy) 
    47. Ifodo Skills Enterprise (Pty) Ltd 
    48. Ikasa Consultancy Enterprise 
    49. Ikhwezi Training Institute (Pty) Ltd 
    50. IMBAWULA CIVIL ENGINEERING ACADEMY 
    51. In Excess Traiding 22 (Pty) ltd 
    52. In Touch Community Development & Project Managers 
    53. INDUSTRIES EDUCATION & TRAINING INSTITUTE 
    54. IQHAYIYA COMMUNITY COLLEGE (Legacy) 
    55. IZWE TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT 
    56. Josmap Training Institute 
    57. Kagano Consulting Services 
    58. Kamofatso Construction and Academy 
    59. KIM People Development 
    60. KING HINTSA TVET College 
    61. L S Nkosi CC 
    62. Leps Training Consultants 
    63. LNT Trading Enterprise 
    64. M Tech Training Consultants 
    65. Macsen Construction & Projects 
    66. Maesela Phaladi Investment and Construction PTY LTD 
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    68. Mangaung Artisan Developers and Projects 
    69. Masana Social Consultants cc 
    70. Microzone Training CC 
    71. Mnambithi TVET College 
    72. MOGOLO ACADEMY - ENKELBULT 
    73. Mohlaje Solutions (Pty) Ltd 
    74. Mopani South East FET College - Central Office 
    75. Motheo TVET College 
    76. Mothusi Management Consultants 
    77. Mpilende Training and Technology Solutions 
    78. MPUMALANGA REGIONAL TRAINING TRUST 
    79. Mthoms Trading 
    80. Namuntlha Training and Development (Pty)Ltd 
    81. NEMJA SECURITY AND PROJECTS CC 
    82. NIRVANA BUSINESS SOLUTION CONSTRUCTION 
    83. Nkangala Public FET College - Central Office 
    84. Nkomaba Trading and Projects 
    85. Nokuthula Dube & Associates 
    86. NOLOSHA 
    87. Nomagwanishe Investments cc 
    88. NOMASOJABULA TRAINING CENTRE 
    89. Northern Cape Rural TVET College 
    90. Northern Cape Urban TVET College 
    91. Northlink TVET College 
    92. Novi General Services 
    93. NSINGWENI CONSULTING (PTY) LTD 
    94. ONE4ALL TRAINING ACADEMY (PTY) LTD 
    95. Orbit FET College - Central Office 
    96. Othandweni Training Centre 
    97. PALABORA FOUNDATION 
    98. Palale Construction and Projects 
    99. Pat Sesfikile Trading CC 
    100. Perfect Solution Project and Consultancy 
    101. PMA Holdings (PTY ) LTD. 
    102. PRIMESERV CORPORATE SOLUTIONS PTY LTD T/A PRIMESERV HR SOLUTIONS 
    103. PROMINENT EMZANSI PROJECTS 
    104. Protech Training (Pty) Ltd 
    105. Qualfurn Training & Projects (Pty) Ltd 
    106. RCS Academy 
    107. Reata Services (Pty) Ltd 
    108. Reflections Development Institute 
    109. Rural Development Trust 
    110. Sakhisizwe Development Training 
    111. Sejamo Construction and Training 
    112. SESANA PROJECTS 
    113. SETHIKE TRADING 
    114. Sivile Housing Association RSA 
    115. SIYAFUNDA BUSINESS SYSTEM 
    116. Somvi General Services 
    117. Sonani Training and Communications 
    118. Sphola Consulting CC 
    119. St Anthonys Education Centre 
    120. STEP AHEAD BUSINESS TRAINING 
    121. STEVENEL TRAINING CONSTRUCTION AND CIVIL 
    122. Thabomeleng 
    123. Thaleba Promotions and Events Management 
    124. Thekweni TVET College 
    125. Thembifundo Ikusasa Lakho 
    126. Tius Consultants 
    127. Tjeka Training Matters Pty Ltd 
    128. Tlhogi''s Consulting and Projects 
    129. Tommy Phiri Labour Relations and Training Services 
    130. Training Force (Pty) Ltd 
    131. TSEBO SECHABA CONSULTING 
    132. Tshwane North College for FET - Central Office 
    133. TSK Projects 
    134. Ubucubu Home Industries 
    135. Umfolozi FET College 
    136. Umgungundlovu FET College 
    137. Vizz Tech Printers 
    138. VSL GENERAL TRADING CC 
    139. Vuselela TVET College 
    140. WAL TRAINING 
    141. West Coast TVET College 
    142. YAHWEH 1 CONSTRUCTION AND PROJECTS CC 



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